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Product Details

  • Age Range: 18 and up
  • Grade Level: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399164189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399164187
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An innovative approach to children’s eating…Rose presents a thoughtfully crafted plan (the Teaching Approach) to form basic habits that focus on proportion, variety, and moderation. She helps parents identify their own eating hang ups when it comes to feeding their children (i.e. nurturer, food police, nutritionista) and then provides methods of helping children establish habits they can carry into adulthood…Rose walks readers through her Teaching Approach step-by-step, using scenarios that illustrate issues and hands-on solutions. Creative and clever, Rose comes to the table with a fresh perspective and a practical plan for teaching kids lifelong healthy eating habits.”—Publishers Weekly

“I am constantly hearing from parents that they have no idea what their kids are supposed to eat or whether their kids are eating ‘right.’ [It's Not About the Broccoli] provides just what parents need to feed kids properly, stop worrying, and start enjoying mealtimes with kids. Dina Rose looks at feeding kids from a sociologist’s perspective. When the feeding behavior goes well, kids will get all the nutrients they need. This book ought to reassure parents that following a few simple principles will get their kids fed just fine.”
--Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University, and author of What to Eat
 
“Few things are as important to parents as feeding their kids healthy foods. Dina Rose offers parents a whole new way to think about feeding kids. Her suggestions are completely practical, completely effective, and often a lot of fun. Two thumbs up from this Sneaky Chef!”
--Missy Chase Lapine, author of The Sneaky Chef cookbook series

“Dr. Dina Rose is one of my ‘go-to’ people on kids’ food issues. She provides practical, accessible, and science-based advice that should be of interest to all parents. Her approach, with its emphasis on behavioral strategies (and on the ‘whole family’ approach to children’s eating habits) is novel and important. Her ideas will spark useful debate on our approach to kids’ food, and she deserves the widest possible audience.”

--Karen Le Billon, author of French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters
 
“Dina works hard to show parents how to get out of the nutrition trap in order to teach their kids to eat right, and her book provides parents with the “aha” moment they need to help their kids eat the real food that will help keep them both happy and healthy.”
--Kate Adamick, co-founder of Cook for America and author of Lunch Money: Serving Healthy School Food in a Sick Economy
 
“In fifteen years of writing about nutrition and health for magazines such as Parents, Family Circle, and Prevention, I have interviewed hundreds of experts. Dr. Dina Rose has some of the freshest, most interesting advice I've heard on the topic of feeding kids. She challenges long-held beliefs and goes much deeper than many leading nutrition authorities. Dina has helped me on a personal level (she coached me through my toddler's dinner strike) and caused me to reevaluate some of my own beliefs about children's eating habits. Her focus on habits is perfect for our time, when so many parents know exactly what they should be feeding their kids--but just can't figure out how to do it.”
--Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, Freelance Writer & Registered Dietitian

“Dina Rose will change how parents teach their children healthy eating habits. Her warmth and empathy shine through as she presents step-by-step practical solutions to worrisome issues such as picky eaters and kids with limited appetites. Combining scholarship with hands-on experience as a mother, Dina methodically analyzes what sabotages parents' best efforts to cope with challenging food issues. Dismissing the misplaced reliance on fuzzy nutritional data - as well as gimmicks and food fads - Dina highlights often ignored factors that significantly influence how our children view healthy eating.”
--Leah Klungness, Ph.D., psychologist and co-author of The Complete Single Mother
 
“As the managing editor at New Jersey Family magazine I'm exposed to a steady stream of tips for feeding picky eaters, but Dina's approach is different from the advice that typically comes my way. Dina's perspective is fresh, insightful, and thought-provoking. She makes me rethink the way I view children and their eating habits.  I am always eager to share her posts with our readers and followers.”
--Lucy Banta, Managing Editor and Director of Social Media, New Jersey Family

About the Author

Dina Rose, PhD, is a sociologist, parent educator and feeding expert with more than 15 years experience in teaching, research and public speaking. She has helped thousands of parents teach their kids to eat right with her innovative approach to parenting. Dina has written for Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and maintains an active blog on her website. She lives with her husband and daughter in Hoboken, New Jersey.

 

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A lesson that most adults, including myself, need to learn as well.
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A must read for every parent--you will disarm the good battles and spend so much less time obsessing about what your kids are eating.
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It's about teaching healthy eating habits to children in ways that they will enjoy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By speech therapist and mom on January 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
As a pediatric feeding specialist, I treat a variety of kids who have difficulty eating, but I've observed that the garden-variety picky eater's resistance to healthy eating can create as much stress in a household as a child who has medical challenges that impact eating skills. Feeding your child is an emotional journey and it's very easy to get off the path to TEACHING healthy eating. This book offers practical, no-nonsense advice on how to teach your children (picky eaters or not) to listen to their bodies, choose healthy foods most of the time (while certainly enjoying other foods on occasion) and think about how your own needs as a parent may be influencing your child's behavior. Refreshing and frank, with a touch of humor, It's Not About the Broccoli is a must read for every parent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B and Z's mommy on January 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
I began reading this book thinking that I wouldn’t get that much from it. My kids are pretty good eaters to begin with, and because we have dealt with food allergies from very young ages, their diet has never had a lot of the junk that American kids typically eat. But there is always room for improvement. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book to be so useful. As other reviewers have said, it moves away from a “nutrition” mindset and looks instead at our relationship to food (as parents) and the habits, values and messages that we unknowingly teach to our kids. I have been guilty of “just two more bites” even though I had previously read this is not a good solution. This book cites research that solidified in my mind how counter productive some common approaches to feeding can be. In addition to discussing the research, it gives practical advice on how to change the oppositional patterns that parents and kids can fall into regarding feeding. One example from the book that we have put into place: To get the kids used to plain (unsweetened) yogurt, they are now allowed mini chocolate chips as mix-ins, which will slowly give way to other, more healthy mix-ins, all while acclimating them to the taste of plain yogurt. I was skeptical that this would work, as I have never been able to get them to eat plain or even lightly sweetened yogurt. But it worked like a charm. There are many other helpful tips like this throughout the book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KK on May 22, 2014
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I wanted my kids (5 and 2) to respond to their body's cues for hunger and think about healthy choices. And this book has really made a difference during mealtime and snack time. It offers useful, hands-on techniques that truly work to help kids (and the entire family!) learn how to eat in a more healthy way. The book starts by presenting an overall framework on teaching kids to eat reasonable amounts of food (by understanding hunger), more healthy foods ("growing" foods) than not healthy, and a variety of healthier foods. Then specific ideas for implementing that overall framework are presented with specific examples. I have implemented some of these ideas - as the book recommends, I'm not making all changes overnight! - and it's working. My kids are responding to the changes and understand the reasoning behind those changes.
I gave the book 4 stars as opposed to 5 because I wish it included more ideas for busy, working parents and information on nutrition. The book states several times "you know what's healthy," assuming parents have knowledge of how to choose healthy foods, but it's clear to me that many parents don't know how to wade through nutrition labels, ingredients lists, etc. Future editions could improve upon a fantastic book with those inclusions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Nerenberg on January 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book even as an adult with adolescent children. Dina Rose's perspective on food and eating from a sociological as well as a behavioral perspective was eye-opening especially as someone who has struggled with my own issues around food . It was extremely helpful to read about changing the parent role in order to not pass on my own issues to my kids. This is a terrific, compassionate look at something that faces each of us in an image conscious world every time we pick up a fork and knife.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. O. on March 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
My kids (3 and 5) are extremely picky eaters - they don't even like "kid food". And they aren't afraid to skip meals. I read this book in a weekend, and starting putting it into practice immediately. After one week, the kids have started trying veggies (eating, licking, or touching them). They are excited about meals. They don't scream if something new is on their plates, instead they ask me to tell them what everything is. The "Rotation Rule" is a MUST, and it just requires parents to not get stuck in a food rut. I am looking forward to continued success, but am happy to report that the first week is going great! This book was truly a life saver - helping our family's eating habits and our family's happiness!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is an amazing resource, not just for those with kids but all of us who are dealing with the three habits that Dr. Rose discusses: proportion, variety and moderation.

I love the way that IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BROCCOLI looks at our lifestyle as a way of addressing the way we think about food and how it encourages us to try new things without necessarily giving up those things that we love. For those with children the book encourages you to get the children involved in the discussion about food: how it taste and how much they can eat. This also proves to be handy when you are discussing for us adults how we can incorporate new things into our own menus, making it tasty and still nutritious.

When you are looking for something that is sure to appeal to all in the household when it comes to meals (and snacks), I think Dr. Dina Rose has you covered in IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BROCCOLI.
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